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. . j ! ! ! [ l i ■ , ■ - ■ ■ 1 • ; • 1 r • " • s ■ f e " e i ROCK MAN IN FRONT « Baker Colorbearer Triumphs In 0,000 Harford Handicap. ♦_ — . — Bateau Displays Brilliant Speed in Winning Chester Purse — Lassa Scores in Second. • HAVRE DE GRACE. Md., April 16.— Mrs. Margaret Emerson Bakers Rock Man was the star of the opening of the Havre de Grace meeting of the Harford Agricultural and Breeders Association when he led home eighteen other starters in the three-quarters of the Harford Handicap, worth ?9,S75 to the winner. Walter M. Jeffords Scapa Flow, after being away from the races since the running of the Kentucky Derby of last year, was lapped on the winner and a length and a half further away the Kenton Farm Stables Typhoon beat J. E. Griffiths Canter for third place. There came an unfortunate accident in the running when F. H. Smiths Sunsard, a good winner at Bowie, fell with J. Chalmers just after the turn from the back stretch. For a time it was feared that the rider had suffered serious injury, but it was discovered that he was merely knocked out and somewhat bruised. It was a wonderful crowd that graced the opening of the second Maryland meeting of the season and Philadelphia and New York were particularly well represented. The weather was a bit cold, but the track at its best and the weather discomfort was forgotten in the excellent racing. There was little delay at the post in the Harford Handicap and the big field was sent away in good alignment, but as was inevitable, there came some crowding right after the rise of the barrier and Canter was the chief sufferer when he was crowded back until he was last of the big field. ROLLS ROYCE PACEMAKER. Rolls Royce was first to show out of the field, but Scapa Flow left in full stride and he quickly took command when Coltiletti took hold of him and permitted him to show the way under slight restraint. Rock Man was going well alongside the son of Mar. o War and Typhoon wa; also close at hand while the others followed in fairly close order, but making up little ground on the leadeis. At the head of the stretch Walls had gone to a drive on Rock Man and the Sagamore colt showed in front, but Scapa Flow still appeared to be racing with something in reserve and he had not been called on by Coltiletti. Scapa Flbw had saved ground on the stretch turn, but Rock Man was close alongside and responding gamely to the call of Walls. Then Coltiletti went to the whip, but he was in rather close quarters on the inside and could not give Scapa Flow a full measure of help. The pair were lapped to the end, but Scapa Flow tired at the close and Rock Man was going away with a half-length to spare. Typhoon held third place, but Canter, closing an immense gap. was going better than any one of the first three and his was a winning effort, considering his misfortune in the running. Great Timber, the R. T. Wilson starter and a winter development, show a flash of quality in the running, while Indian Love Call was one of the unlucky ones. WHITXEY HOIISF WIXS. To H. P. Whitneys colors went the honor of the opening race when Lew Black, the son of Headstrong — Black Lou, won the four and one-half furlongs elash for two-year-olds. He was being hustled along at the end to lead Hal Price Headleys Paraphrase by a length, while six lengths farther back another Whit-5 ney starter, Chicola, saved third place from Balzar, a starter from George Wingfielels Nevada Stock Farm Stable. In this, Paraphrase and Balzar were the ones to set the pace, while Lew Black ran along back of them and on the inside. On the stretch turn Workman slipped through on the inside with the winner, but Paraphrase hung on so resolutely that he had to hustle the Whitney colt along all the way to make the victory certain. Balzar tired in the final eighth and Chi- cola gained ground to beat him a length and a half for third place. It was a good finish that came out of the second race when Lassa, from the stable of Samuel Ross, the Washington sportsman, un- der a good ride by H. Little, just lasted to beat the Bell Farm Stables Boom, with Royal Stranger, from the Island Farm Sta-r ble, saving third place from the Seagram Stables Tetra Glass. Tetra Glass was the one to set most of the pace but he could not shake off Lassa. and finally the Ross geld-s ing drew away from him. In the meantime Little Asbestos was moving strongly back of the leaders and, going to the stretch turn, he threatened to race past the pair of them. It proved only a threat, and when Lassa saved ground on the stretch turn he was safely in the lead again. Comiuued on eighth page. . j : v j j f e e " 1 a • -1 0 V ROCK MAN IN FRONT Continued from first page.* Both Royal Stranger and Boom stole through on the inside of Lassa and just failed by a head. Royal Stranger was at the heels of Boom and only a head before Tetra Glass, with Little Asbestos failing badly and in filui place at the en Both Walter M. Jeffords Bateau and Mrs. Margaret Emerson Bakers Night Life quali-field for their engagement in the Preakness Stakes as far as fleetness of foot is concerned in the five and a half furlongs Chester Purse, the second best race of the day. The pair fought it out, with the filly winning by a head, while five lengths back of them Solace, from the Seagram Stable, saved third place from Willis Sharpe Kilmers Gift Hawk. This was the first start of the year for Bateau and her first appearance since the running of the Pimlico Futurity of last year, when, after finishing third, she was disqualified for having fouled Reigh Count. In this race Gift Hawk was the one to force most of the pace, but Bateau was not far back and Night Life was also in the front division, though in rather close quarters. It was not until the stretch was reached that Gift Hawk tired and, as he did, jockey Coltiletti slipped through with Bateau to take the lead. In the meantime Night Life had made an exceedingly wide turn into the stretch. He gained on the filly and an eighth out they were lapped and in the gruelling finish that erued, Bateau proved best to win by a head. These two were so much better than the others that they should certainly hold each one safe over any route. One of the best finishes of the day came out of the mile and a sixteenth fifth race when Mrs. J. M. Blacks All Blue just nosed out J. McGees Mally Jane, with Phanariot, from the Seagram Stable, racing third before E. K. Bfysons Lewis. All Blue, Mally Jane and Phanariot were the ones to cut out all the running, but jockey Goodwin made about every mistake that was possible on Mally Jane. He permitted her to drop back badly after leaving the back stretch, without any good reason, and then in the stretch, when she came again, largely on her own courage, he was of scant help. In the meantime All Blue had disposed of Phanariot and stuck it out to beat the poorly ridden Mally Jane. Ruban Rouge was an easy winner in the sixth race. Ridden by jockey Leonard, and following the leaders for the first three-quar- ters, Ruban Rouge moved into an easy lead in the run through the home stretch, to win going away by a length. Rosina was a like distance in front of the poorly ridden Just Folks, which ruled favorite. In the seventh race Deronda, the second favorite of the day to win, ridden by jockey Leonard, was home in front of Highwayman and Gay Farie, which finished in the order named. J. G. Bussey secured Just Folks from the sixth race for ,500.